September 2, 2020
I had the opportunity to talk to a ‘Prayer Warrior’ the other day and I must say, I was encouraged by that conversation. It got me thinking about my own prayer commitment. Scripture encourages us to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Jesus himself says we should “Always Pray” and “Never Give Up!” (Luke 18:1). We are also called to be intercessors; praying for others (Psalm 122:6-9).
Intercessor! Now that reminds me of the book by Norman Grubb called “Rees Howells Intercessor” which was first published in 1952, and later brought back in 1980.
I first read this story in 1993 while trying to understand the dynamics of prayer. I was getting frustrated. I thought that if I did all the stuff, that is, if I checked off all the prerequisites, all the boxes, then maybe I could figure out this prayer thing. Then I read this account.
It seems that Brother Howells lived in a time where men would always wear a hat when going outside. It was the proper thing to do. It was also proper to take your hat off whenever you prayed. When Mr. Howells read 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “to pray all the time,” he came under conviction; he could never wear his hat again! To his credit, I suppose, he risked being called an infidel, or at least disrespectful for not wearing his hat!
Can I say, It is not the Hat, It is the Heart. And God knows your heart. So start your prayer there … in Jesus Name.